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London Kings Cross to Waterloo

Wee Yellow Tent 07 Jun 16:12  

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Hi folks,

I am taking my bike on the train from Edinburgh to Dorset. I will need to change trains at Kings Cross and catch another at Waterloo. Since you can't take a bike on the tube, I am going to have to cycle it -aaaargh!

I am confident when cycling around Edinburgh, but cycling around London with loads weight on my bike and not having a clue where I'm going is sounding pretty daunting.

Any tips you have for cycle maps, if there are any overland trains, or any general advice would be great.

Thanks!

robbierunciman 07 Jun 23:38  

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I cycle from St Pancras to Smith Square every day and the traffic is OK - I would avoid the peak. Depending on how much time you have and how much of London you want to see, the route is pretty straightforward:
From KX, cross the pentonville road into Belgrove road (one way), right into Argyle street then right again into whedmore street. Right into cromer street and then right into Judd street. This goes past the renoir cinema and coam fields. Follow this untill you reach a roundabout in brunswick place and take the second exit into Greville street and then right into Guildford street. this takes you to RusselL Square. From here there are two options.
Option 1 - quick and busy route.
Turn left into the square and go straight on into Southampton Row, this leads on to Kingsway and the Aldwych. There are two tricky junctions - crossing Holborn into Kingsway from Southampton Row and at the bottom of the Kingsway you need to go to the left (East) then turn right (west) into the strand (at Austrailia house and the BBC). At the next big junction turn left onto waterloo bridge - busy and fast be careful here. At the BMX max roundabout, you will see the station - but the roads do not take you to it. best option is to push the bike from the roundabout to the station.

Option 2 - still busy but more landmarks and has a few quiet bits/
Turn left into the square and follow it around, taking the third exit Montague Street. This is next to the British Museum. Turn right at the next junction and then immediately left across a zebra xing into Bury Place. There is a contraflow cycle lane. At the next set of lights go straight across and then turn left for about 20 m then right into High Holborn - keep to the left hand side of the road and go through two sets of lights into shaftsbury avenue, then turn into monmouth street past 7 dials, through St Martins lane untill you reach the St martins in the fields church, turn right (cycles are allowed) then left into Trafalger Sq. The best option is to turn into Northumberland avenue and cross the river on the footbridge - I think there are lifts at each end. This will take you to the Southbank, where if you go under the rail bridge, there is a pedestrianized road between the royal festival hall and the railway that will take you to the entrance - push your bike up the bus ramp.

The traffic is light between 09h30 and 11h30 and very light on Saturday morning. Lots of traffic lights and cyclists - mostly helpful if you get lost.



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robbierunciman 07 Jun 23:38  

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meant to say - should take 20 to 30 mins


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Wee Yellow Tent 08 Jun 15:44  

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Thanks heaps for taking the time to give me some tips.

That's a big help.

Cheers!


robbierunciman 08 Jun 23:09  

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I should have said left into Judd street. My rights and lefts can be confusing.

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Jordan G 16 Jun 18:25  

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go route thanks robbierunciman of the london with the back as well need a plan


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